If you are an atheist who feels alone, we get it. It can be isolating to not believe, and sometimes it can even be dangerous. Thankfully in the U.S. we have a number of atheist-specific organizations that can help with everything from getting you access to secular therapy to advocating for your rights as a nonbeliever.
Depending on who you talk to, the term “skepticism” can be used positively or negatively. Like most words, what you mean when you use the word “skepticism” is highly context dependent. It can mean different things in different situations. But in general, is skepticism good or bad?
What does it mean when an atheist says “I don’t believe in Jesus”? Does it mean that they don’t believe he is the Son of God or the Risen Christ? Does it mean that they don’t think the character of Jesus ever existed at all? Is there a third option here?
If you’ve spent any amount of time in the online atheist community, you’ll be familiar with the “atheist vs agnostic” debate. Some people think they mean the same thing, others think they answer completely different questions. Which one are you? Can you be both?